Lorraine Hansberry News

Date of Birth: May 19, 1930
Date of Death: January 12, 1965 (34)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Female
Sweden's First Major Production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN Addresses Country's Growth of RacismSweden's First Major Production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN Addresses Country's Growth of Racism
by Michael Dale - Feb 3, 2016

African-Swedish actors explain the play's current relevance in their country. (more...)

National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

New work by Lee Hall, David Hare, Bryony Kimmings, Lucy Kirkwood, Nina Raine, Gillian Slovo and Alexander Zeldin, and contemporary revivals of two of the NT's most celebrated 20th century premieres - Amadeus and Angels in America - are among the forthcoming productions at the National Theatre announced today by Rufus Norris. (more...)

Lewis University to Present CLYBOURNE PARKLewis University to Present CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, 'Clybourne Park' is a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's classic 'A Raisin in the Sun.' 'Clybourne Park' spans 50 years between each explosive act. Act I is set in 1959 as nervous community leaders try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act II takes place in the same house, but in 2009, and the predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. (more...)

Court Theatre Extends SATCHMO AT THE WALDORFCourt Theatre Extends SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces an extension to its critically-acclaimed production of Terry Teachout's Satchmo at the Waldorf, directed by Charles Newell and featuring Barry Shabaka Henley. Satchmo at the Waldorf now runs through February 14, 2016 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at www.courttheatre.org or by calling the box office at (773) 753-4472. (more...)

UCI Drama to Stage CLYBOURNE PARKUCI Drama to Stage CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, which was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Written as a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, it examines suburban racial tensions which occur in one Chicago house, 50 years apart. At the helm of Clybourne Park is guest director Leslie Ishii, a celebrated director, actor and arts educator, who is internationally recognized as a leader in the conversations surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion in the American theatre. Ms. Ishii is excited to explore this rich and controversial work. (more...)

THE RAISIN CYCLE to Tackle Race Relations, Urban Renewal and Gentrification at Wayne StateTHE RAISIN CYCLE to Tackle Race Relations, Urban Renewal and Gentrification at Wayne State
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Racism in the housing market in the mid-20th Century was not limited to Detroit. In connection with Detroit's history of impact from race relations, urban renewal, and gentrification and in honor of Black History Month, Theatre and Dance at Wayne announces its presentation of THE RAISIN CYCLE, a series including and stemming from Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN UK Tour to Launch at The StudioA RAISIN IN THE SUN UK Tour to Launch at The Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Ground-breaking American play A Raisin in the Sun begins its UK tour in the Studio Theatre from Thursday 28 January to Saturday 13 February.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mamie Hansberry Shares Memories of her Sister Lorraine at A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Kentwood PlayersPhoto Coverage: Mamie Hansberry Shares Memories of her Sister Lorraine at A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Kentwood Players
by Shari Barrett - Jan 12, 2016

Kentwood Players proudly welcomed Mamie Hansberry, the sister of "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" playwright Lorraine Hansberry, to their production of the classic family drama on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Ms. Hansberry attended the play with several family members and shared how proud her entire family is of "everyone who has ever been a part of it." She has seen hundreds of productions in the past six decades and remarked that each member of the Kentwood Players cast "brought their own unique understanding and insights into her sister's remarkable characters." (more...)

L.A. Premiere of THE MOUNTAINTOP Begins in FebruaryL.A. Premiere of THE MOUNTAINTOP Begins in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

The Matrix Theatre Company honors Black History Month with the Los Angeles premiere of The Mountaintop, directed by Obie Award-winner Roger Guenveur Smith and starring Larry Bates and Danielle Mone Truitt. Recipient of London's 2010 Olivier Award, Katori Hall's gripping and often humorous re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on new meaning with the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Mountaintop opens at the Matrix Theatre on February 6, with previews beginning January 28. (Scroll all the way down to view links to high resolution photos.) (more...)

Court Theatre Announces Cast of SATCHMO AT THE WALDORFCourt Theatre Announces Cast of SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Court's production of Satchmo will be part of a community-wide Louis Armstrong Festival, happening in partnership with The Beverly Arts Center, The Logan Center at the University of Chicago, The Promontory, South Shore Jazz Coalition, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College New York. This community-wide festival will help audiences deepen their understanding of Armstrong's life through musical performances, historical exhibits, symposium, talk-backs and film. (more...)

FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Opening 1/8/16FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Opening 1/8/16
by Shari Barrett - Dec 21, 2015

Kentwood Players proudly presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic family drama "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" from Friday, January 8 through Saturday, February 13, 2016, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. The production is directed by Harold Dershimer. Here's your first look at the cast! The production directed by Harold Dershimer and produced by Kathy Dershimer by special arrangement with Samuel French. Featured in the cast in alphabetical order are Rashod Davenport, Ruth Featherstone, Lawrence Hatcher, Daniel Kruger, Jean Michels, Patricia Newman, Shannon O'Connor, Damon Rutledge, Isaiah Suber, and Charlotte Williams. (more...)

LES BLANCS, Starring PENNY DREADFUL's Danny Sapani, Heads to the National This SpringLES BLANCS, Starring PENNY DREADFUL's Danny Sapani, Heads to the National This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Casting is set for Lorraine Hansberry's LES BLANCS at the National Theatre this spring! The Daily Mail reports that Danny Sapani will lead the company. Performances begin March 22, 2016 on the Olivier stage. (more...)

Pathological Procrastinators, Your Broadway-Tangential Gift Guide is HerePathological Procrastinators, Your Broadway-Tangential Gift Guide is Here
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 16, 2015

With just over a week until Christmas, it is time for all of us pathological procrastinators to get our butts in gear. Whether it is braving the insanity of the mall or paying for express shipping, we need to suck it up and start Christmas shopping! (more...)

VIDEOS: Broadway's Road To THE WIZ; Five Early-70s Musicals About Black Urban LifeVIDEOS: Broadway's Road To THE WIZ; Five Early-70s Musicals About Black Urban Life
by Michael Dale - Dec 2, 2015

THE WIZ was part of a growing trend of the 1970s when urban black stories and music were making their way to Broadway. (more...)

Morrisson Theatre Chorus to Perform Holiday Concert, 12/10-13Morrisson Theatre Chorus to Perform Holiday Concert, 12/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

The Morrisson Theatre Chorus, under the musical direction of Cesar Cancino, will present its Holiday Concert: Special Songs for a Special Time of the Year on December 10, December 11 and December 12 at 8:00pm and December 13 at 2:00pm. The Holiday Concert will feature a selection of Classical Sacred works, Popular Holiday songs, Jazz and Gospel, as well as audience sing-a-long pieces. (more...)

World Premieres from Tony & Pulitzer Prize Winners on Tap for La Jolla Playhouse's 2016-17 SeasonWorld Premieres from Tony & Pulitzer Prize Winners on Tap for La Jolla Playhouse's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for its development of new work, has announced four world-premiere productions for the 2016/2017 season, including works by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, Pulitzer Prize winners Quiara Alegria Hudes and Ayad Akhtar, and 2014 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award winner Jeff Augustin. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Connecticut (more...)

Court Theatre Announces Casting for SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF, Community-wide Louis Armstrong FestivalCourt Theatre Announces Casting for SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF, Community-wide Louis Armstrong Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Midwest Premier of Terry Teachout's Satchmo at the Waldorf, directed by Charles Newell. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 11/08/2015Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for Connecticut (more...)

'MADAME BOVARY' and NOISES OFF Among Nuffield's 2016 Spring/Summer Season'MADAME BOVARY' and NOISES OFF Among Nuffield's 2016 Spring/Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Following his successful directorial debut at Nuffield, Southampton, of The Glass Menagerie, Nuffield's Director Sam Hodges, announces the upcoming spring/summer 2016 season.  The new season will feature two new Nuffield co-productions, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! and Noises Off, alongside six visiting productions by nationally and interFollowing his successful directorial debut at Nuffield, Southampton, of The Glass Menagerie, Nuffield's Director Sam Hodges, announces the upcoming spring/summer 2016 season.nationally renowned companies. (more...)

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